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By Andy Couturier

Raised within the tumult of Japan’s commercial powerhouse, the 11 women and men profiled during this booklet have all made the transition to sustainable, satisfying lives. they're this day artists, philosophers, and farmers who dwell deep within the mountains of rural Japan. Their lives could be basic, but they're surrounded through the luxuries of nature, artwork, contemplation, scrumptious meals, and an abundance of time. For example:

Atsuko Watanabe is an environmentalist and home-schooler who explores Christian mysticism whereas elevating her daughters in an previous farmhouse Akira Ito is an ex–petroleum engineer who has turn into a painter and children’s e-book illustrator and explores the position of chi (life strength) within the universe via artwork and song Kogan Murata grows rice and crafts based bamboo flutes that he performs for alms within the surrounding villages Jinko Kaneko is a great artist and upholstery dyer who runs a Himalayan-style curry eating place within the Japan Alps via offering the trips of those ordinary—yet exceptional—people, Andy Couturier indicates how we can also commute a significant course of dwelling easily, with recognize for our groups and our ordinary assets. after we depart in the back of the super burdens of salary exertions, debt, rigidity, and day-by-day busyness, we develop wealthy in a complete new manner. those eastern are pioneers in a feeling; drawing on conventional japanese religious knowledge, they've got cast a brand new kind of modernity, and of their luck is a lesson for us all: stay a lifestyles that issues.

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